1. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST 'It's insane that the industry is so scared of the digital consumers that they have to give away all the content for free,' he says at Billboard Touring Conference. Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with…

  2. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  3. Beach Boys' Mike Love Writing a Memoir

    November 19, 2014 5:59 PM EST Mike Love , a founding member of the Beach Boys and lead singer on such hits as "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Little Deuce Coupe," has a book deal. Mike Love 'Upset' Over Direction Of Beach Boys Reunion & Tour Love has an agreement with Blue Rider Press for…

  4. What’s It Like to Wear a Woofer? Billboard Tries Out the Kickstarter-Funded Woojer

    November 18, 2014 6:01 PM EST Wearing your woofer. Subwoofers have gone out of vogue in the era of ear­buds. If you want to literally feel your music booming, you’re out of luck -- or rather, you were. Woojer, a Kickstarter project that raised more than $143,000 in December 2013, looks to change that with a beeper-size …

  5. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand

    November 18, 2014 11:03 AM EST Bob Marley will be the face of the first global brand of marijuana. The late musician will front Marley Natural , "a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy" of the singer, the Marley family and a Seattle-based private equity firm announced on Today on Tuesday morning…

  6. Music Legend Les Paul Gets Hometown Honor

    November 08, 2014 4:00 PM EST Music legend Les Paul discovered his penchant for guitar at Waukesha Junior High in Wisconsin. It's where his teachers recognized his curious nature, answering never-ending questions like how electricity got to light switches or why windows vibrated. Les Paul: Original Guitar Hero Now…

  7. Howard Shore, Billboard/THR Maestro Award Honoree, Talks Legendary Film Scores (and Naps)

    November 06, 2014 6:31 AM EST To hear Maestro Award winner Howard Shore tell it at the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, you might think he was the inspiration behind the film Forrest Gump  -- which is surprisingly not among the 80-plus films he's scored. Shore, who spoke at the…

  8. Antony Hegarty Talks ‘Turning’ Documentary, Political Dance Project with Hudson Mohawke

    November 04, 2014 3:10 PM EST On Nov. 11, indie auteur Antony Hegarty's daring concert film documentary Turning receives a proper CD and DVD release, placing a bow on the years-long project that the Antony and the Johnsons tells Billboard represents “maybe the most joyful piece I’ve ever been a part of.” To be…

  9. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 3, 2001 Nine years after her…

  10. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  11. Met Opera Premiere Greeted With Protests, Accusations of Anti-Semitism

    October 21, 2014 12:26 PM EDT John Adams' 'The Death of Klinghoffer' has been accused of being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. The New York Metropolitan Opera's first performance of The Death of Klinghoffer was met with vociferous protests Monday as demonstrators, including former New York City mayor…

  12. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  13. Guy Gerber Bringing His Famous Ibiza Dance Party to U.S. on Fall Tour

    October 15, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The Israeli DJ, who released a dance music album with Puff Daddy this summer, will play a show in New York on Halloween and in Miami during Art Basel. When Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy released their collaborative album of electronic music this summer, it cast a curious spell over the dance…

  14. We've Been Hacked: Artist Sells Satirical Ad Space and Fake iPhones to Question Our Boxed-In World

    September 30, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Tim Fite realized he had become too dependent on his iPhone when the Brooklyn artist, songwriter, and comedian started feeling phantom vibrations in his pants pocket. "When I realized my physical body was being compromised by the physical phone, I was like, 'Oh man, I'm…

  15. Lady Gaga: 'The World View of Israel Is Just Not Reality'

    September 29, 2014 11:32 AM EDT After her buzzy shows in Tel Aviv, Lady Gaga has spoken out about the world's perception of Israel. "Tel Aviv was magnificent," the singer told The Independent . "The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits. I…

  16. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  17. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Get Eliminated on 'The Voice' Israel

    September 22, 2014 5:42 AM EDT After garnering worldwide attention, aspiring singer Jessica “Jessy” Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg , reached the end of her run on The Voice Israel . The 25-year old daughter of Playmount Productions president Nancy Spielberg-Katz was eliminated Sunday…

  18. Lady Gaga Talks Manager Split, Tel Aviv Concert and Media Treatment of Celebrities

    September 20, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Lady Gaga also touched on being unhappy and her under-selling "ARTPOP" album. After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I&…

  19. From Alicia Keys to Fall Out Boy, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 19, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Alicia Keys "We Are Here" RCA Records Never mind the simplistic chord progressions: A pregnant Keys ' latest move to effect social change through song would hit if it weren't such an overwrought exercise in cliche. The midtempo cut attempts to unify, but its earnestness…

  20. NOFX's Fat Mike Talks Punk, Drugs & 'Backstage Passport 2'

    September 17, 2014 4:21 PM EDT 'I'm not gonna stop doing coke. Are you crazy?' Fat Mike tells Billboard. There are varying degrees of truthfulness in interviews. There's honest, then there's revealing, then "wow," and finally, "Holy sh--, did they just say that?" NOFX frontman…

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